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Woman Finds Unopened WWII Letter, Vows To Return To Family

Woman Finds Unopened WWII Letter, Vows To Return To Family

A lost message from more than 60 years ago may finally finish its long journey.

Sheila Polk bought a book from a Plant City, Florida Goodwill but when she flipped to the back page she got a lot more than she bargained for, a little piece of history still unopened. (Via ABC)

"Her life could have been changed from this one letter. They do movies about lost love letters, you know? Who knows what's in here that's she's never seen." (Via WTVT)

A lost letter written and sent in 1945 from Sgt. Albert C. Alm Jr. to Private First Class Helen Rothurmel, who was stationed in Dallas, Texas. The post office attempted to deliver the letter three different times. (ViaTwitter / @ABC)

According to the envelope, Rothuermel was a member of the 555th Women Army Corps at Love Field in Dallas, Texas. The 555th squadron was an all Black, female unit. (Via U.S. Army)

And notice we say "according to the envelope." Even though her friends begged her to, Polk has decided to leave the letter unopened and try to return in to its rightful owner if she is still alive, or find surviving family. She has more willpower than we would.

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jmoore1248 March 07 2014 at 2:56 AM

That is so cool, I bet any family would be greatful, but which one do you give it to his or hers?

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jl194456 March 06 2014 at 1:38 PM

Please see the following link, it has an obit for Sgt. Albert Alm Jr..


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rana0527 March 06 2014 at 2:28 PM

my company is in the midst of a program that would love to include this letter. It is the Spirit of 45, web site, http://www.spiritof45nevada.org which is part of a national rememberance of all the veterans of WWII. Congress has named August 10, 2015, the 70th anniversary of the signing of the armastice, as a national day of rememberance. We are so proud to be a sponsor in this. Please loook atthe web site or our facebook page and learn more and/or be part of this. We hope that this lady that found this treasure will share it too.
We also want to start a school program so that our youth dont forget the veterans of WWII, we lose more than 1500 per day and soon all will be gone, we must never forget the men and women who fought for this country and our freedom.

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Dianne March 06 2014 at 2:54 PM

Good for her ,hope she finds the right people.

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eddy017 March 06 2014 at 3:55 PM

this could be a beautiful black-white luvstory ! movie, anyone ?

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Scotty March 06 2014 at 4:00 PM

I wish AOL had told the Rest of the letter. Here is what I found out. The lady who found letter got permissions open the letter/

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GoCandybar March 06 2014 at 4:10 PM

She is a good person

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GloryERoth March 06 2014 at 5:16 PM

I've got V mails from my stepfather's cousin's son who was in Italy during 1943-44-45 during WWII. At one point he forgot my name in the V-mail and called me his cousin's "daughter." Five years later (in `1950) we were married -- and it lasted for 54-1/2 wonderful years until his death at age 81. I'm now 85-1/2 and still have those shrunken letters which went through security. I say "shrunken" because they were reduced in size (from 8-1/2 x 11" to 4"x5") to save space in shipping between Europe and US during the war. If anyone is interested in seeing these V-mails. I'll be happy to share them. GloryERoth@aol.com

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phelinephemale March 06 2014 at 5:38 PM

Since the letter was found in the same area where the woman lived just prior to her death, it's very likely that she DID open the letter and put it in the book and after 70 years it just resealed itself. (See the Fox News article posted by Scotty below)

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Ed. March 06 2014 at 5:59 PM

When I read about these just found letteers it brings a strange feeling in ones heart. Can you imagine the writting & expressions that were never delivered to a loved one.? So amany lives could have been modified if tdhe right person might have received it.

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